Northern California school chief quits amid probe

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Updated: 6/29/2014 11:21 pm

LOLETA, California (AP) — The superintendent of a small Northern California school district is resigning amid a federal investigation of racial harassment allegations.

The Eureka Times-Standard reported Saturday that Sally Hadden will step down Monday as head of the Loleta Union Elementary School District and principal of an elementary school in remote Humboldt County.

The U.S. Department of Education is investigation charges that district staff verbally and physically abused Native American students. The investigation was prompted by formal complaints made by the American Civil Liberties Union, National Center for Youth Law and the California Indian Legal Services to the U.S. Department of Education. Investigators are also looking into accusations that district staff unfairly disciplined Native American students and denied them access to special education assistance.

Hadden didn't respond to inquiries for comment Saturday.


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